Skip to comments.JCPenney Is Quietly Firing Lots Of Middle Managers Across The Country
Posted on 05/03/2012 7:37:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Ron Johnson's plan to transform JCPenney continues to roll along, and many of its workers on the frontlines aren't happy about the changes.
JCPenney cut a bunch of middle managers across the country on Monday, according to multiple former managers we spoke with. We've withheld their names for their protection.
This appears to be part of the layoffs announced back in January, but it's unclear how exactly how many have been let go. One source says that the number may now be in the thousands.
JCPenney didn't immediately answer requests for comment, but a spokesperson did mention yesterday that the retailer will be operating with fewer layers of management."
Here's how it went down, according to one assistant manager who was laid off Monday:
"One hundred store managers across the country were quietly laid off two days before they announced the home office reductions and the call center closing. The rest, phase two, happened Monday. They said it was done purely on year-end appraisal ratings, but someone in my store got a higher rating than I did (and was laid off anyway), and also they changed what the ratings stood for this year, and eliminated performance improvement documentation, so that they did not have to wait longer to do this. If my name or even state comes out I will lose my severance."
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Now they are gone.
I can remember when you could go into JCPenney and buy just about anything other than heavy equipment. They carried a nice selection of guns and tools etc.
Then they went to basically a womens clothes store with a few more odds and ends.
Umm... how do I put this...
What do the libtards want- a government bailout to retain middle management?
I’m so turned off with JCP anymore. Have found other places to spend my money. Was visiting a family member in FL back in March. We went to Penney’s...the place was near empty on a Saturday morning about 11:00. From there, we went just up the road to Bell’s (Beal’s?)...something like that...comparable to Kohl’s. The place was packed. They had great sales going on. At the JCP store, at least the one in FL that we visited, they no longer have sales...the price you see is what you pay. Realistically, I just don’t think they’re going to last.
“Ron Johnson’s plan to transform JCPenney continues to roll along...”
Transform JCP to what exactly? What is their niche?
Target seems to have settled into a (slightly) upscale Walmart, in which proprietary brands might be their saving strategy.
I’m not sure what JCP is doing.
Can't have documentation when the criteria is age 50-60 with 20+ years at the company, now can we (just a hunch).
Severance - what's that?
Do they still have Ellen Degenerate representing them?
When I was a boy, we shopped Penny’s for most of our clothes. It still has a great selection of quality clothes at decent prices.
We would also shop at Sears and Wards. I still miss shopping at Montgomery Wards. I miss them more than I suspect I’ll miss Penny’s and Sears when they too are gone.
It has been the trend now for over a decade.
“As part of the corporate cost reductions, J.C. Penney has laid off 600 workers at its Plano [TX] office, and it will layoff an additional 300 when it closes a call center in Pittsburgh in July, according to The Associated Press.
Yeah and, according to Drudge this AM, they are featuring a lesbian “family” in their ads...
pffft! goes my support and patronage...
Why do they like to screw with things??? Makes no sense...
How many government middle managers are really necessary? Some? Yes, definately. All of them, probably not.
***We’ve withheld their names for their protection. ***
Why? Someone got a “contract” out on them?
Well, in their advertisements, there is a lesbian couple with some kids.
That has guaranteed that my Mother-in-Law will no longer shop there.
You might miss her JCP. She came from a family of 14 kids and was raised in a mill village. She has been dirt poor and didn’t even live in a house with indoor plumbing until the early 1970s when she married a young man who had 12 siblings and they had a good year in cotton and could afford to pay for it. She would scrimp and save until she had enough money to buy many, many items from the JC Penney’s catalogue that she and her sisters would pore over for hours. She is a Christian who tithes more than 10% and is ready, along with all our neighbors, to lend a hand to all in need.
But go for the gay money. That’ll keep ya afloat.
And, FYI, the last time we went in JCP to redeem her $10 gift card that JCP sent to her for her birthday, the store was EMPTY. Maybe Ellen will spend enough there to keep you open.
Same with Montgomery Wards.
Just like this guy
'transformed' this company.
Walgreens is in the process of a huge managerial staff reduction. Lot’s of heads will roll before it is over.
Unless they mend fences with Express Scripts now that they merged with Medco
JCP is a solution for the retail needs of a bygone era. I don’t think there is any form of radical reinvention or cost-cutting that can save it, now. The brand is tainted with the stigma of “cheap” without being in any way attractive to the young audience that likes to buy cheap. Maybe they should have hired Justin Bieber, instead of Ellen. :)
In 1985, I had JC Penney auto insurance. I bought a 1986 300ZX Nissan and they told me they would not renew the policy. I begged, pleaded with them about my spotless record, etc. and they still cancelled. I was able to get on with Cotton States and have maintained a relationship with them since them. JC Penney can suck it.
Like many retail chains, they appear to go through a Program of the Month. Most of them make some radical change in direction every six months or so. Just to keep shareholders off the trail and save the jobs and bonus of the CEO and top brass for another year.
Idiots..having Ellen Degenerate as a spokesman.
They deserve to go under.
Most Americans still disaprove of such depravity.
There announcements in the stores in California, have Both English, and Spanish, just like Home Depot. Mexicans and little ole Ladies are all that shop in the ones around here.
The holding company that owned K-Mart BOUGHT SEARS and is still merging operations.
I don't miss Sears ~ they'd given up on selling me stuff long ago.
Ellen has nothing to do with it. Penny's isn't going out of business. They're simply eliminating redundant and obsolete positions.
I stopped shopping at Walgreens after their Rush pullout.
JCP and Cover Girl cosmetics are both going after the Bull-dyke market.
Americans have been told that our economy is tied to the global economy. Have noticed the numbers in job created continues to decline.
Since America's economy is tied to the global economy, are the numbers of jobs being created due to America's economy being presented to Americans as jobs created here in America and the jobs created outside of America, a combined number of jobs, both inside and abroad? Is this the basis for reporting job numbers increases?
Thanks for the article. GAG
I had no idea they had gone this far. They’ll get no more business from me.
I have been with JCP for 3 years now, though not sure how much longer I will be there before they let me go too.
I was a specialty sales associate in suits and made commission as well as an hourly wage. That position was eliminated and I was moved to the cash wrap in the men’s department permanently. When I was removed from commission, they offered me an increased hourly wage commiserate with my pay/commissions, so I stayed with them. I believe I will be gone soon though because I make nearly $4 an hour more than the average cashier.
The vision is to have boutiques within the store so that it is an amalgam of boutiques rather than a large store with different departments.
Not sure how they hope to get a lot of the work done without the middle managers who do the bulk of merchandise placement etc....but will be viewing a video before my shift this morning that supposedly will explain some of it.
I just have to say that I was shocked at the callous way these people were let go. Years and years of loyalty to the company and they were called in and told their position has been eliminated, effective immediately and given a severance check.
Some were eligible for retirement, but all of them were women in their forties and fifties. I also noticed that they were the ones without a college degree.
I was a Penneys shopper all my life, was happy to get the job there when I did since I had been a stay at home mom for over 20 years and not too many places would hire me.
Now, who knows? I feel NO loyalty to them, couldn’t care less what happens. Like a lot of people, I am biding my time, waiting and not at all happy with what has occurred over the last few months.
Ah well, I am grateful for the job and will remain until they let me go.
“When I was a boy, we shopped Pennys for most of our clothes.”
Ma’am I think they have a plus size section that might meet your needs and a makeup aisle for that 5 o’clock shadow.
Although, it might be better characterized as kamikazi.
They can't seriously think they are going to gain market share by focusing on one percent of the population. I think maybe they know they're done, so this guy's trying to "go out with style."
The chain was being sold, so some corporate lackeys (seller and buyer) were sent in to oversee the inventory of the store as part of the sale, and they were trading job stories with their opposites.
A former JCP guy retorted on a pay question: "There's a reason they don't call it 'JC Nickel'".
The Penneys in my area always seems to be busy but it’s mostly the Mexican population that lives in the nearby town. Their prices have been better lately.
It’s the Sears that is doing really bad here. The store is always dead with low inventory. We went to get a dishwasher recently. I had researched them online and when we saw it at the store we decided to buy but guess what? We couldn’t take one home, they don’t keep any inventory even though it’s a huge store. What gets me about that is they don’t charge delivery to their store but if you want it delivered to your house they will charge you. Also I can’t stand their checkouts. They ask you tons of questions and spend so much time punching buttons on the stupid cash register that by the time I’m done I never want to go back there.
Imho, hiring Ellen may have been one of the last desperate acts of what appears to be an incompetent and perhaps politically motivated management team. This does not bode well for the company’s survival.
Hopefully it results in less mailings. It’s amazing to me that they announced this big change of advertising that was supposed to result in less mailing, but I get just as much crap from them as before, and they’re BIGGER so it’s costing them more money. Really Pennys, when I need you I’ll show up, if I don’t need you no amount mail is going to change that.
Not yet, they aren't. Usually, these types of actions are the beginning of the end. They've previously sold off the Eckerd Drug Store chain, got out of the catalog business, and closed their catalog stores. Now they are involved in a large scale reduction of managerial positions. In another year or so, don't be surprised if they announce that they are closing their less profitable stores. After that, they'll either seek a merger with another chain (similar to K Mart/Sears) or file under Chapter 11. All of this, of course, is just my opinion. I hope I'm wrong.
Some families are changed forever by something like this
people like axelrod and obama and pelosi could care less what it means to a 50 yr old JC Penny middle manager in a small town to be let go with no notice
Time to move on to greener pastures, if you can fine any in this economy.
My wife used to shop at JCP as well as numerous other stores. She liked the coupons. Now, no more coupons, no more sales, plus the most obnoxious TV ads. The result is she no longer shops at JCP. I wonder how many other women are doing the same.
This new CEO has no retail experience. My prediction is that he will drive JCP even farther into the ground. It may continue to exist for a number of years but it will become a zombie store just like Sears. We went into a Sears in San Diego a couple of months ago on a weekday night in a large shopping center with lots of folks walking about. First time in several years. It was a total ghost town. Looking around, there might have been 4 other shoppers on the main floor. It was kind of scary.
I just went in one of their stores yesterday to pick up something. My youngest daughter would find stuff in there and last year my eldest found a nice dress for work; but, it is empty in there. I agree with those on the thread that say that Pennys is probably done. Too bad.
Pronounced "Bells" . Started in E.Texas by brothers. Has morphed into bigger things. They were highly underrated as a good clothing store when i shopped there back in the 80s. The brothers were from my moms small E TX town and they very conservative.
——Pennys is probably done. Too bad.——
We’ve been buying solely on price since ‘08, so it’s Walmart, Target or BJs. Don’t have time or desire to look through flyers.
I have a little more faith in the Management Team JCP has brought in to turn things around that those that circuit city had.
They may still wind up going belly up, but the team Circuit City had was a joke... This team could pull at turn around off.
Companies come, Companies go, Adapt or Die.
Idiots..having Ellen Degenerate as a spokesman.
That’s when they lost me, a regular customer for more than 20 years, and I contacted them and told them so. I got no response.
Hope you’re right.
I think you have something there.
That MIGHT have worked.
The brand is not stigmatized beyond repair.
That said, good luck catering to a demographic that is EASILY less than 2% of the population.